The Patriots have reason to feel good about their future over the next few years -- their 2021 rookie class is one of the best in the NFL.
In fact, Pro Football Focus ranked it No. 1 in the entire league, ahead of the Texans, Chiefs and Raiders. As for the rest of the AFC East, Miami was No. 7, New York No. 20 and Buffalo No. 27.
New England got three big-time contributors in Mac Jones, Christian Barmore and Rhamondre Stevenson, as well as players who could contribute down the road in Ronnie Perkins and Cameron McGrone.
PFF says Stevenson was the Patriots' best value pick.
"Stevenson finished the season with the best PFF grade among rookie rushers (79.2)," it wrote. "He rushed for over 600 yards, with 433 of those yards coming after contact. Stevenson was able to break 31 tackles and average 3.26 yards after contact. He picked up the slack when starter Damien Harris was hurt. Stevenson had seven games with double-digit carries, topping out at 24."
The Patriots will pick No. 21 overall in next year's draft.